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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Williams-Sonoma Plunges as Forecast Trails Analyst Estimates

    Williams-Sonoma Inc. (WSM), the San Francisco-based seller of cookware and home furnishings, plunged the most in 31 months after its third-quarter forecast missed analysts’ estimates.

    Earnings will be 58 cents to 63 cents a share, the company said yesterday in a statement. Analysts had estimated 66 cents on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    The forecast raised concerns that Williams-Sonoma isn’t coping with a broader retail slump as well as expected. The company’s same-store sales had exceeded projections in the first quarter, benefiting from a rising housing market. In the most recent period, they grew 5.7 percent, missing the Consensus Metrix estimate of 6.2 percent.


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    Are Things Looking Up For Target?

    Target TGT +0.15% has been the retail sector’s favorite punching bag of late. But are things looking up for the chain? Some analysts think so.

    The cheap-chic discounter has suffered a brand-damaging security breach that led to the May resignation of CEO Gregg Steinhafel, a 35-year company veteran, as well as a botched expansion into Canada.

    What’s more, the chain’s mass-tige (mass-prestige) edge, stoked, in part by its signature designer collaborations from names like Missoni and Issac Mizrahi, has dulled.

    But Brian Cornell, Target’s new CEO plucked from PepsiCo PEP -0.41% last month, might be just the jolt it needs as it takes sound steps to right the ship, retail analysts said.

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    Target Canada president aims to ‘reset’ supply chain, improve pricing to win over Canadians

    TORONTO — Target Corp is repairing the supply chain problems it holds largely responsible for last year’s botched Canadian expansion and expects to show measurable progress on a turnaround by this fall, its top executive in Canada said on Tuesday.

    In its first international expansion, Minneapolis-based Target opened an unprecedented 124 stores and three distribution centers in Canada last year, losing nearly $1 billion as sales fell far short of expectations.

    Disappointed shoppers complained of higher prices than in U.S. stores, poor selection, and empty shelves, and distribution center workers told Reuters that poor planning led to supply chain problems that began long before the first store opened.

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    Target's problems run deeper than Canada: Analyst

    Target’s problems run deeper than the 130 stores in Canada, according Janney Capital Markets analyst David Strasser.

    His firm is more concerned with shrinking profit margins in the U.S., which has 1,795 stores and where new chief executive officer Brian Cornell took charge effective today.

    Cornell replaces former CEO Gregg Steinhafel.

    “Our contention is the retail environment, led by online retailers and WMT (Walmart), has structurally changed industry margin dynamics and Mr. Cornell will need to readjust TGT’s (Target’s) margin expectations to adapt to this new world,” according to a research note from issued Monday by Strasser and his associates at Janney.

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